Layers of Looking, a book by Ian Fennelly

Now available!

Ian Fennelly's new book Layers of Looking inspires readers to tell the story of their sketching adventures, the people they meet and the places they explore when they grab their art materials and head outdoors.

Through Ian's vibrant watercolour sketches and amusing anecdotes he shows how to 

  • choose a subject + find the story
  • capture the personality of the subject
  • enjoy well-being through art
  • overcome sketching obstacles
  • learn creativity through observation
  • express yourself with colour

Learn how to play with colour, loosen up, have fun, take line for a walk and get inspired by Ian's charming urban sketches.    


IAN FENNELLY studied Fine Art in London and became a Primary School Teacher. He now works as a Primary Art Consultant, training teachers in creativity. Ian teaches in-person workshops and online workshops and he exhibits and sells his work in galleries.

“The process begins with the eye, continues with the hand, and concludes with the heart. -- Ian Fennelly

Book specs: 8.5" x 11", full colour, 110 pages + almost 100 sketches. Soft cover. $29.99








We ship worldwide! This book is printed-on-demand in facilities located in Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Your order will be routed to the printer closest to your shipping destination to ensure speedy fulfillment and delivery. Shipping is selected at checkout and the cost and transit time depends on the type of shipping you select. See chart below for estimated transit time in business days.

In addition, please allow 3-5 business days to print your custom book.

Destination Mail ** Transit time in business days
United States $6.99 12-13
Canada $8.99 16-17
UK $6.99 8-9
Australia $8.99 11-13
France $7.99 7-8
Germany $7.99 8-9
China $9.99 16-17
Singapore $9.99 16-17

**Please note regular mail is non-trackable.

***Please note we are experiencing longer than usual delivery times in the UK.


Take an online workshop with Ian Fennelly

Learn sketching tips from the master himself with an Ian Fennelly online workshop! Click here to check out some super fun online workshops by Ian Fennelly.

Book Reviews

A little while ago my friends at Studio 56 Boutique contacted me asking if I would be interested in writing a review for a book they had just released. When I heard the author's name, I immediately jumped up and responded "YES"!
This is a book on Urban Sketching called 'Layers of Looking', and the author is Ian Fennelly.
I'm a big fan of his and If you have ever seen even a glimpse of his artwork, you'll know who he is since what he creates has a distinct style, charm and something magical about it.
In this book, he shares it all just jam packed with juicy visuals of all the sketches he's done from around the world, in depth stories about what he thinks, how he creates and even step by step instructions. The book is also an easy read, written in Ian's soft and somewhat funny sense of humour too.
If you're an artist, Urban Sketcher or someone that just needs visual inspiration, this book is for you. I think you'll enjoy it.
To conclude, I wanted to list a quote about the Urban Sketching process he mentions that struck a chord with me:
"The process begins with the eye, continues with the hand, and concludes with the heart"
--Mike Daikubara